Advent Candle 1

Service for the 4th Sunday of Advent – 19th December 2021

St Paul’s Athens


Welcome to St. Paul’s Athens. Please join us after the Liturgy for refreshments in the garden. The notices are at the end. The presiding priest and preacher is Fr. Leonard. The deacon is The Revd. Deacon Christine Saccali. Please observe the Covid restrictions.


Entrance  (all are invited to stand)


Minister: Lift up your heads, O gates: be lifted up you everlasting doors; and the King of

                  glory shall come in.

All:            Who is the King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord who is mighty

                  in battle.

Minister: Lift up your heads, O gates: be lifted up you everlasting doors; and the King of

                  glory shall come in.

All:            Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.


Entrance Hymn  185 Sing we of the Blessed Mother


Priest:  Blessed be the kingdom of God

All:       Now and for ever.

Priest: The Lord be with you.

 All:      and also with you


Lighting of the Advent Candle

Priest: People of God, awake! The day is coming soon when you shall see God face to face. Remember the ways and works of God. God calls you out of darkness to walk in the light of his coming. You are God’s children.

All:      Lord Jesus, light of the world, blessed is Gabriel, who brought good news; blessed is Mary, your mother and ours. Bless your Church preparing for Christmas; and bless your children, who long for your coming. Amen

The priest then welcomes the people of God and the deacon then leads us into Confession.

Deacon:   When the Lord comes, he will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Therefore in the light of Christ let us confess our sins.


A period of silent stillness follows

Deacon: Turn us again, O God our Saviour, and let your anger cease from us. Kyrie eleison

All:          Kyrie eleison.

Deacon:  Show us your compassion, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. Christe eleison

All:          Christe eleison

Deacon: Your salvation is near to those that fear you that glory may dwell in your land.

Kyrie eleison.

All:          Kyrie eleison

 Priest:     Almighty God who forgives all those who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon

and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and

keep you in eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



Collect:  Let us pray    (remain standing as the priest sings the Collect of the Day)   

Eternal God, as Mary waited for the birth of your Son, so we wait for his coming in glory; bring us through the birth pangs of this present age to see, with her, our great salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


First Reading    (please sit)                                         Micah 5, 2-5   (Reader: Lynn Stavrou)

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans[a] of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor bears a son, and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites. He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness
will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will be our peace when the Assyrians invade our land
and march through our fortresses. We will raise against them seven shepherds, even eight commanders.

Reader: This is the word of the Lord

All: Thanks be to God


Gradual Hymn    The angel Gabriel from heaven came,

                               his wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame;

                               ‘All hail’ he said ‘thou lowly maiden Mary,

                               most highly favoured lady.  Gloria!


                               ‘For know, a blessed Mother thou shalt be,

                               all generations laud and honour thee,

                               thy Son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold;

                               most highly favoured lady.’  Gloria!


                               Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,

                               ‘To me be as it pleaseth God’ she said.

                               ‘My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name’;

                                most highly favoured lady.   Gloria!


                                Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ was born

                                in Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn,

                                and Christian folk throughout the world will ever say,

                               ‘most highly favoured lady’.   Gloria!


2nd Reading  (please sit)          Hebrews 10, 5-10                        (Reader: Nimi Akingugbe)

Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘See, God, I have come to do your will, O God’  (in the scroll of the book it is written of me).” When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “See, I have come to do your will.” He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Reader: This is the word of the Lord

All:         Thanks be to God


Hymn:    10  Long ago


Deacon: The Lord be with you

All:          and also with you

Deacon: Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Luke (Lk 1, 39-45)

All:          Glory to you, O Lord

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.

Deacon:    This is the gospel of the Lord

All:             Praise to you, O Christ.




Creed  (please stand as we declare our historic faith in the Trinitarian God)

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father: through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Intercessions:  Maranatha!  Response: Come Lord Jesus!      (Nelly Paraskevopoulou)


The Peace: (please stand)

Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest. The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:        and also with you   


Priest: Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this bread to offer. Fruit of the field and work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.

All:   Blessed be God for ever!

Priest:  Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this wine    to offer. Fruit of the field and work of human hands, it will become for us the cup of salvation.

All:  Blessed be God for ever!


Offertory Hymn     271 Alleluia sing to Jesus  (The Collection will be taken)


The Great Thanksgiving Prayer (please remain standing for this)

Priest:  The Lord be with you

All:        and also with you

Priest:  Lift up your hearts

All:        We lift them to the Lord

Priest:  Let us give thanks to the Lord our God

All:        It is right to give thanks and praise

It is indeed right and good to give you thanks and praise, almighty God and everlasting Father,
through Jesus Christ your Son. He is the one foretold by all the prophets, whom the Virgin Mother bore with love beyond all telling. John the Baptist was his herald and made him known when at last he came. In his love Christ fills us with joy as we prepare to celebrate his birth,
so that when he comes again he may find us watching in prayer, our hearts filled with wonder and praise. And so, with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven,
we proclaim your glory, and join in their unending hymn of praise.
All:    Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.

Priest:  Lord, you are holy indeed… the prayer continues until

 Deacon:  Great is the mystery of faith

All:           Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

Priest:      And so, Father…. The priest continues with our prayer.  At the end   AMEN.


The Lord’s Prayer:  (to be prayed in your own language)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


Priest: We break this bread to share in the body of Christ

All:       Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.


Agnus Dei:   Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.  Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us. Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace, grant us peace


Priest:  God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people

All:        Jesus Christ is holy, Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father


All baptized Christians may come forward to receive the body and blood of Christ. If you wish you may receive a blessing. Please let the Sidespeople guide you forward.  


Communion Hymn:  272    All for Jesus

Post Communion Prayer: Let us pray     (please stand)


Priest: Heavenly Father, who chose the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of the promised Saviour: fill us your servants with your grace, that in all things we may embrace your holy will and with her rejoice in your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


All: Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us with the body and blood of your Son                  Jesus Christ. Through him we offer you our souls and bodies to be a living sacrifice. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory.  Amen




Post Communion Hymn   9   Lo he comes with clouds descending


The Blessing and Dismissal


Priest:      Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you, scatter the darkness from before

your path, and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory;

and the blessing…


Deacon:   Our Lord says, “I am coming soon”

All:            Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Deacon:   May the Lord, when he comes, find us watching and waiting.

All:            Amen.



Deacon:  Go in the peace of Christ

All:           Thanks be to God.


A very Happy and Blessed Christmas to you all and to your families, and a healthy and prosperous New Year. Thanks to all who make sure all through the year that St. Paul’s church is a beacon of the gospel here in the heart of the wonderful city of Athens. It continues to be challenging with Covid restrictions. Thank you for your understanding in difficult times.


Fr. Leonard’s usual Day Off – Monday  (in emergencies contact Deacon Christine)

Home tel :  210 72 14 906;  email

Deacon Chris: 22950 53164: Day Off – Friday.

Swedish Church: contact Fr. Bjorn on  694 607 2428


The Anglican Church in Greece (including St. Paul’s) is self- financing, and receives no income other than from the generosity of those who worship here. We are a legal body and we pay tax. Our tax number is 997073090. If you wish to donate direct to our bank (IBAN) the account with Piraeus Bank is:  The Anglican Church in Greece, St. Paul’s Athens  GR 820172 0500 0050 5008 6327 479  Swift code is  PIRB GRAA


Christmas Stars on the website: you can still contribute to St. Paul’s through the special Star Appeal on our website. We will keep this ‘live’ until the Sunday after Epiphany (Jan 11th)

Bishop’s Advent Appeal – keep all your small coins and hand them in to our Treasurer (already counted please) for Bishop Robert’s Advent Appeal. Apostoli here in Greece will from this fund, so give generously.


  • December 24th 18.00hrs Lessons and Carols. On ZOOM
  • December 25th 10.00hrs Christmas Morning Liturgy and carols
  • December 26th 10.00hrs Liturgy for St. Stephen
  • December 27th 10.00hrs Liturgy of St. John the Evangelist
  • December 28th 10.00hrs  Liturgy of the Holy Innocents
  • December 29th 10.00hrs Liturgy of St. Thomas Becket







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